Shelter Backyards Get a Lot of "Play"
Thanks to a generous grant awarded to The INN by the NYS Office of Children & Family Services, playtime at The INN's shelters is has a new look! The grant, that made it possible to complete necessary repairs after Super Storm Sandy, has given the youngest INN guests at the Rosa Parks INN and Edna Moran INN brand new places to play. The commercial-grade playgrounds, the same ones that are found in town and village parks, are getting plenty of use from young formerly homeless guests who come in with their families to live temporarily while their parents and guardians get assistance in finding permanent housing. According to Romona Pigford, House Coordinator at the Rosa Parks INN, the children were anxiously awaiting the completion of the project. One four-year-old boy watched patiently from his window while the playgrounds were being constructed and was thrilled to be the very first one to play on it. Making the shelters feel like home, even for a short time, is a part of treating guests with dignity and respect at The INN.